US Patent and Trademark Office

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Former Employee - Computer in Alexandria, VA
Former Employee - Computer in Alexandria, VA

I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

You are allowed to sit inside and sometimes chair is not broken You have long table to share in a dark room. You are allowed to have lunch and use restroom as long as it doesn't interfere with your duties & meetings.

Cons

No work-life balance. Employees are people, but we are slaves and have no free desires. NOT working mother friendly. Meeting often schedule from 5:30-6:30 pm at last minute. Not urgent too. Very angry if contractors taking off day to have sick child. Must bring own pens, notepads, and anything else to work; these pencil are for 'employee" not "contractor". You don't deserve.

 Many fail project should tell you something.- atmosphere is great nervousness and disconent. People leave for other jobs very fast, or they forced out. If you come here, little chance to succeed. Mostly to be mis-treated. Not a good place.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat contractor like human being. Not so angry all time too.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you don't mind not doing real 'engineering'

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    Former Employee - Extern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Extern in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Flexible with hours
    -Good starting pay with lots of room to move up the ranks
    -Benefits are great (naturally, seeing as how this is a government job)
    -In regards to above, the benefits will almost surely outweigh all the cons
    -Nice on-location gym (if you are into that)

    Cons

    -Very very very repetitive
    -Not 'real' engineering (this may not matter to some)
    -From what I have heard, a lot can depend on how strict your SPE is. Depending on this you may or may not have a better time.
    -If you do not know what you are doing, the workload can pile up and you may find yourself not meeting deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    overall good experience

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Extern in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Extern in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    flexible- Can decide your work hours. There is more emphasis on your work productivity.

    Cons

    stressful - Since it is a production based job there is great emphasis on getting your work done in a timely manner. But this can be difficulty when first starting out since the field of patent law is complex and would need guidance from a great Supervisor if assigned to one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help new examiners deal with the steep learning curve at the start of their jobs by getting them connected with fellow examiners so they know who to go for questions and advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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